As my pregnancy comes to an end I have started thinking about what it’s like to have a newborn. I haven’t put too much thought into it because I get a little overwhelmed at the thought of managing 2 kids, the sleepless nights, the painful breastfeeding, all the hormonal changes and my new body. I’ve thought a lot about nursing because I am assuming it will be the same experience as I had with Myles but I’m now reminding myself that this is a different baby and a different pregnancy and things might not be as easy.
I’ll get to how I successfully weaned my first child in the next paragraph but I wanted to give you a little preface of how my nursing journey began. I was very fortunate to have a great milk supply. I developed colostrum early on in my pregnancy and was leaking it at 6 months! I was always finding little marks in my bras. I wasn’t able to do skin to skin right away because I had an emergency C-section but as soon as I got to hold him I put my new little baby on my chest and he immediately started rooting around with his mouth open. The nurse said I could see if he wanted to nurse and within 10 minutes of me holding him for the first time I was feeding him! Of course, I felt like I was doing it perfectly but once the lactation consultant came in she had a few tips and tricks for me that were very helpful! Eventually, I got Myles feeding on a great schedule, he would nurse 4 times a day every 4 hours (9am, 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm) and would sleep through the night (thanks to this book!!).
Time to wean! A lot of people are curious about how long mothers plan on breastfeeding. My goal was to make it a year. Not that once I got to a year I was going to suddenly quit because I reached my goal, that was my ideal minimum. The summer Myles turned one I had a lot of trips planned (6 out of state weddings in 5 weeks!!) so being away from him was going to help the weaning process. The great thing about making it through the first year is that your baby can then have whole milk so there is no need to buy formula.
As I mentioned before, Myles was only nursing 4 times, every 4 hours during the day and sleeping through the night. The day after his first birthday I cut out the 3rd nursing feeding for a bottle of whole milk and breast milk. I did 3/4 breast milk from my frozen stash and 1/4 whole milk and eventually, the bottle became all whole milk over a 2 week time. I chose his 3rd feeding because I felt like his 4th and final feeding of the days wasn’t enough for him, especially since we would be going 12 hours until his morning feed. Myles was eating plenty of solids so he had plenty to eat throughout the day and I never felt like he was going to bed hungry, I just felt pretty empty at that last feeding, a little too empty. Taking away that 3rd feeding gave me 8 hours of milk production. I didn’t pump because that wouldn’t help my body learn how to slow down the production. I had heard it can be painful weaning and I wanted to avoid that.
Two weeks later, I decided to cut out the 2nd feeding for a bottle using the same ratio of whole milk and breast milk as his 3rd feeding. I continued not to pump so that my body knew it didn’t need to produce as much. I continued to do this every 2 weeks until he no longer needed to nurse. The night feeding was the last to go and hardest for me. During those two weeks was when I found out I was pregnant with this baby and it came at a good time because I knew Myles couldn’t nurse forever and I had a lot of changes happening to my own body and knew it was the perfect time.
Myles was 14 months when I wrapped up breastfeeding with him. I am lucky he took the bottle so well and transitioned to whole milk so well. I have to say he is still soooo obsessed with milk. He could drink it all day but I have to limit him so he’ll eat actual food! He also can’t drink milk with his meals because he’ll drink the whole cup of milk and have no room for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I hope you guys found this helpful. I am happy to answer any questions. I know every mother’s experience and baby is different but I had such a successful weaning process I thought I should share in hopes it can help one of you.
Cheers to the next 14(ish) months of nursing!
I purchased this blazer because I had an evening meeting and forgot to grab a jacket when I was out earlier that afternoon. You know those hot afternoons that drop 20 degrees by nightfall. It was one of those days and I only had a t-shirt and shorts so I quickly stopped into Target for a cardigan but since it was Spring I couldn’t find any cozy cardigans but I did spot this bright pink blazer that is very soft and comfortable, it also pulled my look together making me look a little more professional. For those of you that have to dress up for work, I think this would be the perfect casual Friday blazer to wear with jeans!
blazer | Target ‘A New Day Relaxed Blazer’
shirt | Cotton Citizen ‘Mykonos V Neck’ (similar)
shorts | Motherhood Maternity ’Secret Fit Maternity Fray Shorts’
bag | M2Malletier ‘Amor Fati Crossbody Bag’
scarf | Tanya Taylor ‘Kelly Scarf’
watch | Rolex (similar for less)
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